Canyon Elite Electronic track pump  £54.99

6/10

Good quality pump that quickly gets tyres up to pressure, but with gadgetry that isn't really necessary or worth paying extra for

Weight 1223g   Contact  n/a

by David Else   August 13, 2011  

Canyon Elite Electronic track pump

As track pumps go, the Canyon Elite is on the big side, with a thick teardrop-shaped shaft, a heavy-duty-footplate, nice long hose, and a chunky soft-grip handle. But what really marks it out from other pumps is the electronic digital gauge. So when pumping up your tyres, instead of looking at a needle going round a dial, you look at LED digits on a little screen.

Does the pump work? Yes. Is the electronic gauge necessary? I'm not convinced.

So let's have a closer look, and start with the pumping itself. The shaft is reasonably firm, the handle is comfortable, the nozzle fits on the valve firmly (in fact, you have to push quite hard), and it takes only 18 thrusts to get a 700x23 tyre up to 100psi. No complaints there.

Now, let's study the gauge. There are four pre-set pressures to choose from (35, 40, 50 and 100 psi) or you can input your own. Pump away and when the pressure you've chosen is reached, a little circular symbol shows on the screen. Go over the pressure, and a triangular symbol shows instead. All well and good, but these symbols are right next to the digits showing the actual pressure, so unless you're innumerate, there doesn't seem much point.

If you keep pumping, and get 15% above the pre-set pressure the pump emits a warning sound. I'd call it an alarm but it's so faint you can hardly hear it. But as long as you're looking at the gauge, you don't need the sound anyway.

The LED display is OK to read in most conditions, but a tiny LCD backlight means the screen can also be illuminated - handy if you're pumping up your tyres in the dark.

Overall, as a workshop tool to get your tyres up to pressure quickly and easily, this pump is a good piece of kit. But I just don't get why it needs all the electronic gadgetry. What's wrong with simply looking at an old-fashioned dial with a needle?

Retailing at £55, with this pump you're paying for extras that aren't really necessary. A track pump of equal quality without the electronica would go for about £25, and if you're happy with an analogue display you might as well save the 30 quid the Canyon Deluxe track pump goes for £20 without Elite's electronic bells and whistles. Having said that, the Elite seems to be currently selling on Amazon for £19.99 (although it might be an older version).

Verdict

Good quality pump that quickly gets tyres up to pressure, but with gadgetry that isn't really necessary or worth paying extra for.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Canyon Elite Electronic track pump

Size tested: Silver and Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

On Pg 1002 of the Canyon Catlogue it describes the Elite Track Pump thus:

Lightweight alloy barrel high capacity pump with eye level PSI / BAR pressure gauge.

Fitted twin head valve adaptor which fits

all valve types & strong steel footplate with resin anti-slip inserts.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

A couple of other technical features to mention:

The pump has a twin nozzle so can inflate tubes with Presta or Schrader vales.

If psi isn't your thing, you can also alter the units to BAR, KPA or Kg/cm2.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Nothing wrong with the electric display, but I just can't see the point

Would you consider buying the product? Personally, no

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Only if they had a penchant for electronic gadgetry

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

It does a good job as a pump - I just don't think the electronic extras are necessary and they pump the price up (sorry) which is why we've knocked a point off the overall score

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 50  Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm  Weight: 11 stone / 70kg

I usually ride: an old Marin Alp   My best bike is: an old Giant Cadex

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, mtb,

2 user comments

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Expressing doubt as to the worth of adding electronics to a device that is already pretty much as good physical limits allow in non-electronic form? Questioning whether a corporation's idea of progress should be accepted blindly, and could just be a gimmick to boost sales? You luddite! Worse, you're an unbeliever. After all, what is the purpose of life if not the acquisition of more and more stuff (and the purpose of journalism to provide advertising space for the promotion of said stuff)?

posted by handlebarcam [528 posts]
15th August 2011 - 8:22

39 Likes

Can it run out of batteries? If so I'm not sure I can think of anything more irritating.

rrrrrrrrr.

posted by kaptnkrunch [57 posts]
15th August 2011 - 8:36

36 Likes

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